• Mario Chamorro

    Entrepreneur | Growth Strategist | Ed-tech Evangelist | Happiness Activist


    Areas of Expertise

    Ed-Tech • Future of Work • Exponential Organizations • Happiness • Growth Hacking • Entrepreneurship • Storytelling

    About Mario

    Mario is an entrepreneur, growth strategist, and movement builder based in Silicon Valley. He loves building social experiments, and growing tech platforms he's passionate about.


    Mario grew up next to an active volcano in Pasto, Colombia. In 2004, he left his country, moved to the United States, and learned English while waiting tables, parking cars, and teaching salsa lessons. A fifteen-year hustle brought Mario through Columbia University, Wall Street, the creation of the Int. day of happiness at the U.N., and a stint as the VP of Marketing for the fastest growing messaging app in Internet history. Today, Mario is the Head of Latin America for Coursera, where he is responsible for bringing education to more than 11 million learners in the region he loves.


    Mario's cartoon world is one where whimsy and imagination are the norms, where people unite around the things that drive them, and where everyone has the tools they need to do great things.


    Building and spreading those tools is Mario's mission. He has used his personal journey to launch social experiments like the AntiMondays dinner series and a happiness movement that reached more than 10 million people around the world.


    Over the last eight years, Mario has spoken in more than a dozen countries (US, Colombia, Egypt, Brazil, Hong Kong, Mexico, among others) both to large crowds and very small, private groups. He has presented internationally at TEDx events, addressed big companies like Google and the U.N., keynoted conferences like the Retail Industry Leaders Association and Social Media Week. Mario has also lectured at many universities including Columbia, MIT, Harvard, and Yale.

  • Speaking Topics

    Mario enjoys sharing his passions through teaching, podcasting, writing, and public speaking.

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    Beyond the Campus Walls

    Volcano Summit


    How education is rapidly changing and why live long learning is extremely relevant these days

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    The Future of Work


    Madrid, Spain

    This talk is focused on workplace culture, and specifically polarization and divisiveness that exists within organizations.

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    Hacking Growth for Social Good

    INC Monterrey

    MTY, Mexico

    How to use growth hacking to exponentially scale ideas and organizations

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    Growth Hacking

    Ventures Summit

    Cartagena, Colombia

    How Growth Hacking has become a essential mindset for companies in the Silicon Vally to achieve 10x growth rate

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    Happiness Activism

    Google Headquarters

    Mountain View, CA

    How the streets of Cambridge, NYC, Bogota, and Pasto allowed me to connect with doers, ideas, and initiatives that helped me to ignite a happiness revolution that in just a few years has reached over 80 million of people in 33 countries.

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    Disruptive Innovation


    Brooklyn, NY

    Disruptive approach and techniques to find out "what makes people happy" in Williamsburg Brooklyn that sparked a global movement of happiness activists.

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    Happiness & Innovation

    Retail Leaders Association

    Minneapolis, MN

    If necessity is the mother of invention, happiness is the father. I explore how happiness is a key element to inspire innovation, connectivity and change among companies, consumers, and society in general.

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    Hacking Happiness


    Cambridge, MA

    Compelling stories plus a series of scientific tricks, shortcuts, and methods that increases happiness and efficiency in a disruptive way.

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    Tourist Attitude


    Bogota, Colombia

    Theory of the traveler's state of mind as a powerful tool to be more creative and to have a different approach to work and life in general.

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    101 Happiness



    Described the process on the creation of an on-line crowd sourcing projects to spark a global community.

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    Happiness at Work


    Santa Cruz, Bolivia

    Workshop on how to increase team happiness on corporate environments.










  • Publications

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    Founder & Host - Scal-ability

    Scal-ability is a weekly podcast that captures epic conversations about technology, and digital transformation. In each episode, we share opinions from experts who have achieved exponential growth in their own industries. https://www.scal-ability.com/

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    On Happiness

    Co-authored "On Happiness". A book that collects and illustrates 110 ideas from remarkable individuals about how to make the world a happier place. http://www.mariochamorro.co/book

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